New Haven-The Board of Directors for the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) announced today that executive director Rae Ann Knopf has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

“I am tremendously proud of the strides policy-makers in Connecticut have made in reforming public education in Connecticut. They have shown commitment to closing the achievement gap and improving outcomes for children living in low-income situations. CCER has been instrumental in advancing this work. I commend the board of directors and team at CCER for working tirelessly to ensure all children in Connecticut experience an exceptional education. It has been an honor to be part of this team,” said Knopf.

Current Vice Chairman of the Board, Ramani Ayer, will lead the organization during the search for a new executive director and function as the primary spokesperson for CCER. Katie Roy, Director of Operations, will assume the role of Acting Deputy Executive Director and guide the organization’s business efforts in the interim.

“We wish Rae Ann well in her new endeavors,” said Ayer.  “We thank her for her work in advancing policy reforms to close the achievement gap for low-income learners in Connecticut. There is still significant work to be done, and we at CCER plan to continue to be a strong voice for education reform in Connecticut. We are dedicated to continuing our policy agenda and ensuring that recently passed reforms are implemented with fidelity.”

About the Connecticut Council for Education Reform

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is a statewide, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to close the achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between children from low-income families and children of color and their peers. We do our work primarily by advocating for state policies and state and local practices that research shows have the best chance of raising achievement for high-need student populations. We support reforms that advance best practices and innovations in education to ensure that every child has an exceptional education. Through public awareness, education, and engagement, we seek to broaden support for these efforts and affect long term sweeping change in the public education system. Our Board of Directors is comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who are deeply committed to our mission.

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